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Resource & Network – ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability

Posted in Movements, Research by Ferne Edwards on April 4th, 2007

"ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability is an
international association of local governments and national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. More than 550 cities, towns, counties, and
their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI’s growing membership. ICLEI works with these and hundreds of other local governments through international performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programs."
(ICLEI global website).

ICLEI’s goals are alive and well in Melbourne and in the rest of Victoria where 61 councils (as of April 2006) are doing their bit to contribute towards urban sustainability. The Cities for Climate Protection program (CCP), a joint initiative by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – Australia/ New Zealand and the Australian Greenhouse Office, support local councils’ ability to address climate change by implementing a strategic milestone framework. This framework establishes baseline greenhouse gas emission inventories for the region, develops reduction goals and prepares a Local Action Plan to achieve those goals for the both the corporate and community sectors. Additional milestones are then established to continue the council’s greenhouse gas abatement goals.

According to the 2005 Cities for Climate Protection report, Victoria had the highest growth in greenhouse gas abatement activities within Australia in 2005, abating over 430,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent during the year. Carbon-reduction initiatives are many and varied, including the Walking School Bus program, retrofitting buildings, changing council’s transport options, sustainable public lighting action plans, waste separation plans and the 5 Star energy system for all new residential homes in Victoria.

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